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Collection TitleCL 34 McCann Family PapersCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByRachel Dworkin
Date Completed:3/31/2008
Provenance:The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by Lois McCann in 1994. 
Terms:

Chemung County (N.Y.); Elmira (N.Y.); Genealogy--McCann Family

Historical:

McCann Family-John McCann, son of Valentine and Betsy Suffern McCann, came to Elmira in 1809 from Muckamore, Ireland.  His younger brother Frances, also known as Tom, followed him to Chemung County some years later.  His oldest brother James immigrated first to Newberry, South Carolina in 1821 and later to Starkville, Mississippi.  In Elmira, John was a successful farmer and stock raiser and also quite politically active.  He married Susannah Schoonover, and with her fathered six children; Elizabeth, Susan, Valentine, John Jr., George and James.  He also had one illegitimate daughter with a woman named Betsey Jennings in 1816.  He died in 1852.

Of John McCann's children, one, Valentine, born in 1815, died in infancy.  Not much is known about the daughters or James.  John Jr. was born in 1817.  He left Elmira and settled in Joliet just outside of Chicago sometime in the 1840's and died in 1859.  The youngest son, George, was born in Elmira in 1823.  He was a prosperous farmer and served five times on the Elmira Board of Supervisors.  In 1864, he married Crete Brown  and they had three children.  He died in 1900.    

Scope:

The McCann Family papers include Richard McCann's notes on various family members and the McCann Family correspondence dating from 1820 to 1859.   

Extent.5 linear feet
Date Span1815-1991
AbstractThis collection contains Richard McCann's notes on McCann family genealogy and a collection of McCann family correspondence from 1820 to 1859. 


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Letter from George and Margaret Adams to George's sister and brother-in-law Susannah and John McCann, February 17, 1850. Letter11901
Letter from George and Margaret Adams and Clarissa and Stuart Slavens to Susannah McCann, November 25, 1852. Letter11902
Letter from James Edward Farr to his cousin George McCann, February 28, 1853. Letter11903
Letter from Mary Moore to her mother Susannah McCann, March 19, 1853. Letter11904
Letter from William W. Ackerson to his cousin George McCann, January 18, 1854. Letter11905
Letter from William Charlotte Ackerson to George and Susannah McCann, April 3, 1854. Letter11906
Letter from John McCann Jr. to his brother George McCann, April 21, 1854. Letter11907
Letter from John LeMage to George McCann, June 12, 1854. Letter11908
Letter from Mary Moore to her mother Susannah McCann, August 13, 1854. Letter11909
Letter from A.W. Jesup to Phebe Hale, November 20, 1854. Letter11910
Letter from George McCann to his brother, February 17, 1855. Letter11911
Letter from John McCann Jr. to his brother George McCann, January 29, 1856. Letter11912
Letter from George McCann to his brother, February 8, 1856. Letter11913
Letter from George McCann to his brother, February 22, 1856. Letter11914
Letter from Stuart and Clarissa Slavens to George McCann, March 28, 1856. Letter11915
Letter from George Schoonover to George McCann, May 16, 1856. Letter11916
Letter from Sophia T. Setabins to George McCann, September 15, 1856. Letter11917
Letter from Stuart and Clarissa Slavens to George McCann, January 30, 1857. Letter11918
Letter from George McCann to his brother John McCann Jr., March 1857. Letter11919
Letter from Stuart and Clarissa Slavens to George McCann, June 11, 1857. Letter11920
Letter from Luther Whitney to Mr. McCann, September 28, 1857. Letter11921
Letter from James McCann to his brother, November 15, 1857. Letter11922
Letter from the Grand Master of the Free and Accepted Masons of the State of New York to George McCann, January 13, 1858. Letter11923
Letter from George McCann to his brother, March 18, 1858. Letter11924
Letter from the Grand Master of the Free and Accepted Masons of the State of New York to George McCann, August 12, 1858. Letter11925
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